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2016 Toyota RAV4 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Toyota RAV4 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 draws mixed reviews about its cabin. Some automotive writers say the interior looks modern and uses quality materials, but a few argue that it isn't very stylish. Most agree that the front seats are comfortable. A few reviewers say the rear seats are smaller than some class rivals, but most find that they provide enough space to ride comfortably. They like the RAV4's connectivity options, but they point out that the infotainment system is slow to respond at times. The RAV4 has terrific cargo capacity for the class.

  • "I also think the material choices, especially the new mocha-colored interior, look at least as good, if not better, than what everybody else is offering in this class." -- Cars.com
  • "The RAV4 is as generic as cars come in terms of styling and materials, inside and out. The inside feels like a big rubber ball-there isn't a whiff of style or wit or fake luxury-and the outside looks and acts like a generic shell." -- Yahoo Autos
  • "The revised interior comes off well, with useful information in the new central display on the cluster and noticeably plusher feel at the various touch points." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 2015 Toyota RAV4 features an interior design with pronounced angles and lines that form a streamlined and modern-looking dash. Overall, though, the RAV's design and materials are average for the compact crossover class, and a few of the audio and climate controls feel slightly flimsy." -- Edmunds (2015)

Seating

The 2016 RAV4 seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat and heated front seats are available. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, according to critics. Some say the rear seats are comfortable and provide good legroom, but others note that class rivals have more spacious rear seats.

  • "In real-world usage, the RAV4 is a bit tighter in the back seat than several of its competitors." -- Car and Driver
  • "The RAV4 is compact by definition, but not cramped in actuality. A few subtle changes have made the interior better. New interior front-door panels are now scooped out a little more, providing more space for the driver's left arm and front passenger's right arm to rest, and making the whole front cabin feel bigger, but still a little narrow." -- AutoTrader
  • "The driver's seat is comfortable and supportive, especially the Limited model with its added lumbar support. Rear-seat passengers have good legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "In any case, we were still able to fit two occupants comfortably in the back seat even with the front chairs in adult-size positions, but not a third." -- Autoblog (2013)
  • "[W]e had little trouble finding comfort in the back seat (even with a nearly 6-foot frame)." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 RAV4 include Bluetooth, voice recognition, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera and the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen and a USB port. Available features include a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera and an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, HD radio, Siri Eyes Free and smartphone app integration.

Reviewers say the infotainment system is intuitive, and they appreciate the variety of smartphone connectivity options. However, some complain that the system has poor responsiveness and is aggravating to set up. Test drivers praise the available 360-degree camera for making it easier to back up and park. Some wish there were more than one USB port so they could charge more devices at once.

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  • "The standard backup camera displays on the screen, and there's an available Bird's Eye Camera with Curb View and Perimeter Scan that's very helpful when reversing and parking." -- AutoTrader
  • "Sadly, even on the top-of-the-line Limited trim I tested, there was only one USB port in the car, and I don't think that cuts it in the days when everybody has a device that seems to constantly need charging." -- Cars.com
  • "[G]etting started with Entune can be a hassle: You have to install an app on your phone and register for an account, plus you always need an active data connection to use its features. The touchscreen interface has straightforward menus, but it's sometimes unresponsive to user touch (curiously, we've found the more basic touchscreen in the LE better in this regard). On the upside, all the conventional controls in the 2015 RAV4 are easy to use." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Audio buffs will love the straightforward Entune audio system that includes Apps and Bluetooth audio streaming." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

Cargo

The 2016 RAV4 has 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 73.4 cubic feet of space with them folded down, both of which are excellent for the class. A power liftgate is available. Auto journalists like the height adjustment feature, which allows you to set the opening height of the liftgate. They also say the low height of the cargo floor makes loading items easy.

  • "Toyota also has worked a bit on the cargo area, and a height-adjustable power liftgate is standard on all RAV4s - hybrid or otherwise - … except the base LE trim (where it's not offered as an option, either.) What's neat about the Toyota system is that you can adjust how high the liftgate opens from the front seat so that if you've pulled into a garage with lower clearance, you can make that adjustment without getting out." -- Cars.com
  • "The ‘compact’ classification is almost unjust, given the Toyota RAV4's roomy passenger and cargo compartments. The latter is especially noteworthy not only for its capacity (which at 73.3 cubic feet is among the most generous in its class) but its laudable usability. Whether you're loading it up with a couple of dogs or a couple of bags of heavy top soil, you'll appreciate the cargo bay's low load floor and, on upper trims, the availability of an adjustable-height power liftgate." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Despite being a compact crossover SUV, the Toyota RAV4 offers up a lot of cargo space behind the second row. If that's not enough, fold those seats and you'll get a class-leading 73.4 cubic feet, all of it usable thanks to a flat load floor." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Due to clever packaging, the RAV4 can lay claim to class-leading cargo room." -- Left Lane News (2014)

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